Grizzlies looking to take a bite out of crime


The first-year criminal justice program at Glenn High School has won accolades at a skills competition and earned the right to compete at a state-level event in April. 

Bernie Acosta, the school’s criminal justice teacher, said the program won first place in Felony Traffic Stop (Tara Wallace and Kevin Hirst) and second place in Felony Traffic Stop (Meagan Staniszewski and William Bassat) at the SkillsUSA District 10 competition at Temple College in Temple, and Texas State Technical College in Waco in recent weeks. 

“(They) have truly set (the) mark in this first year program,” Acosta said. “Huge shout outs to Principal Lomeli and his administrative staff, Ms. Camille Clay and her staff, chaperones Mrs. Mary Gaxiola and Mrs. Monica Patterson, all of our GHS teachers and Grizzly students, and all of the competitor's parents for their unconditional support of our students and our program.”

Students competed in events for Building Search, Crime Scene Investigation, Felony Traffic Stop, Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl, a SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl and Criminal Justice Panel Display.  “These categories are all highly competitive events in which Criminal Justice students apply the knowledge and training learned in the classroom into a competitive environment,” said Acosta. 

Elayna Combs and Katherine Law were state qualifiers for Criminal Justice Display Panel. Faith Murphy and Emma Phillips were selected from a group of 25 applicants to serve as SkillsUSA District officers.